UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings

 Posted by at 11:21 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on UK basketball recruits drop in final ESPN rankings
Apr 162018
 

Keldon Johnson

Keldon Johnson remained a top-10 national prospect in ESPN’s new rankings for the class of 2018, but he was one of three future Kentucky Wildcats that dropped in the website’s final update for this recruiting cycle.

Johnson fell one spot to No. 7 overall in the final rankings released Tuesday. Also dropping in the ESPN rankings were UK signees Immanuel Quickley (from No. 17 to No. 23 overall) and Tyler Herro (from No. 25 to No. 28 overall).

Before the final update, ESPN was the only major recruiting service that pegged Herro as a five-star recruit. He is now a four-star player on ESPN’s list.

New UK commitment EJ Montgomery jumped two spots to No. 14 overall.

Duke’s trio of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish finished 1-2-3, respectively, in the final ESPN rankings.

MORE: Rivals.com released its final 2018 rankings Monday.

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Where UK basketball recruits landed in final rankings

 Posted by at 12:06 PM on April 16, 2018  Comments Off on Where UK basketball recruits landed in final rankings
Apr 162018
 

Montgomery

Rivals.com finalized its basketball recruiting rankings for players in the class of 2018 on Monday, and Duke signee R.J. Barrett remains the No. 1 prospect for next season’s freshman class.

The Blue Devils no longer have a sweep of the top three players in 2018, however.

North Carolina signee Nassir Little jumped from No. 5 to No. 2 in the final rankings, leapfrogging Duke commitments Cameron Reddish, who fell one spot to No. 3, and Zion Williamson, who dropped two spots to No. 5. Oregon signee Bol Bol is No. 4 overall in the final rankings.

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Herro scores 13 points in Jordan Brand Classic

 Posted by at 11:17 PM on April 8, 2018  Comments Off on Herro scores 13 points in Jordan Brand Classic
Apr 082018
 

Tyler Herro

UK basketball signee Tyler Herro scored 13 points and added five rebounds, five assists and three steals in his team’s 146-136 loss at the Jordan Brand Classic in Brooklyn on Sunday night.

Herro — a 6-foot-5 shooting guard — was 5-for-9 from the field and 1-for-3 from three-point range. He led his team in assists and played 20 minutes as a starter.

Fellow UK signee Keldon Johnson did not play in the game due to a sprained ankle suffered in the GEICO national championships last week. Both Herro and Johnson are scheduled to participate in the Nike Hoop Summit later this week.

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Keldon Johnson on national TV again Thursday

 Posted by at 11:37 PM on March 28, 2018  Comments Off on Keldon Johnson on national TV again Thursday
Mar 282018
 

Keldon Johnson

There will be no rest for Keldon Johnson this week.

After several days of practices leading up to Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game in Atlanta, the UK signee will play next in the GEICO Nationals — a nationwide tournament featuring the best high school players in the country — Thursday afternoon.

Johnson and Oak Hill Academy (Va.) face Garfield (Wash.) at 4 p.m. Thursday on ESPNU in the first round of the tournament. If Oak Hill wins that one, it will play in the semifinals at 3 p.m. Friday on ESPN2. The finals are set for noon Saturday on ESPN2.

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UK’s Herro, Johnson make Nike Hoop Summit team

 Posted by at 12:23 PM on March 13, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s Herro, Johnson make Nike Hoop Summit team
Mar 132018
 

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Johnson

UK basketball signees Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson were both named to the Nike Hoop Summit Team on Tuesday, and the two future Wildcats will represent USA Basketball at the event next month.

The game will be played April 13 in Portland, Ore.

Joining Herro and Johnson on the 12-player U.S. team will be Duke commitments Tre Jones, Cam Reddish and Zion Williamson, Oregon commitments Bol Bol and Louis King, Kansas commitment David McCormack, Vanderbilt commitment Darius Garland, Syracuse commitment Darius Bazley, and uncommitted five-star recruits Romeo Langford and Anfernee Simons.

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UK’s Herro, Johnson named to Jordan Brand Classic

 Posted by at 9:39 AM on March 8, 2018  Comments Off on UK’s Herro, Johnson named to Jordan Brand Classic
Mar 082018
 

Tyler Herro

UK signees Tyler Herro and Keldon Johnson have been selected to play in next month’s Jordan Brand Classic, it was announced Thursday morning.

The game will be played April 8 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Johnson was also selected earlier this year for the McDonald’s All-American Game, which is scheduled for March 28 in Atlanta. Herro was not chosen for that game.

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Two UK basketball signees play Monday on ESPNU

 Posted by at 10:37 PM on January 14, 2018  Comments Off on Two UK basketball signees play Monday on ESPNU
Jan 142018
 

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Quickley

Five-star Kentucky basketball recruits Immanuel Quickley and Keldon Johnson will play in games on ESPNU on Monday, part of the network’s coverage of the Hoophall Classic in Springfield, Mass.

Quickley — a 6-foot-3 point guard — leads John Carroll (Md.) against Hudson Catholic (N.J.) at 11 a.m. Monday. Johnson — a 6-6 wing — leads Oak Hill Academy (Va.) against University School (Fla.) at 3 p.m.

The University School squad also features Vernon Carey, the No. 1 overall prospect in the class of 2019 and an early recipient of a UK scholarship offer.

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No UK basketball commits in new top 10 rankings

 Posted by at 3:30 PM on December 14, 2017  Comments Off on No UK basketball commits in new top 10 rankings
Dec 142017
 

Quickley

UK has one of the best basketball recruiting classes in the country for the class of 2018, but none of the Cats’ three early signees were included in the top 10 nationally in the new 247Sports player rankings released Thursday.

Immanuel Quickley (No. 14 overall) and Keldon Johnson (No. 15) are both considered five-star recruits by 247Sports, and Tyler Herro (No. 35) is a four-star prospect in those rankings. All three signed with UK last month.

Kentucky has finished with at least one top-10 recruit in the 247Sports rankings in every class under Coach John Calipari.

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Calipari shows up at Marshall County Hoop Fest

 Posted by at 8:18 PM on December 2, 2017  Comments Off on Calipari shows up at Marshall County Hoop Fest
Dec 022017
 

John Calipari

BENTON — UK Coach John Calipari arrived at the Marshall County Hoop Fest during the third quarter of the Lexington Catholic-Marshall County matchup Saturday night.

That game featured Lexington Catholic senior Zan Payne — the son of UK assistant coach Kenny Payne — who has been mentioned as a possible walk-on for the Wildcats next season. Kenny Payne was also at the Hoop Fest on Saturday night.

The two later games on Saturday’s schedule feature UK signee Keldon Johnson, five-star 2019 target D.J. Jeffries, and Adair County freshman Zion Harmon, who has visited Lexington a couple of times in recent weeks.

Calipari coached UK to a victory over Harvard earlier in the day Saturday.

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Crystal Ball: UK is clear favorite for Keldon Johnson

 Posted by at 10:58 PM on November 10, 2017  Comments Off on Crystal Ball: UK is clear favorite for Keldon Johnson
Nov 102017
 

Johnson

Kentucky missed out on No. 1 recruit R.J. Barrett on Friday, but the Wildcats look to be in a good spot to land five-star prospect Keldon Johnson on Saturday night.

Johnson — a 6-foot-6 shooting guard from Oak Hill Academy (Va.) — is set to announce his college decision at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the finalists are Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina State and Texas. He’ll reveal his college choice a day after Barrett — a 6-7 shooting guard from Canada — committed to Duke over UK.

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